The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) provides timely, informed and unbiased assessments of urgent issues affecting the health of Canadians. These assessments, which are based on evidence reviews and leading expert opinion, provide conclusions and recommendations in the name of CAHS. More information about the public services role of the CAHS and its assessments can be found here. CAHS Fellows are those who have a history of outstanding performance in the academic health sciences in Canada. More information about the function of the CAHS can be found here.

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Sube Banerjee, of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom and Miia Kivipelto of the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, discuss the latest evidence on the impact of dementia and preventive strategies with Jocelyne Feine, CAHS Fellow.
nicholson 2014 Forum: Peter Nicholson discusses his insights on Commercialization / Innovation in Canadian Health Research.


Assessments in Progress

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Hold the date! 2016 CAHS Forum and Annual General Meeting, Thursday & Friday, September 15 & 16, 2016 at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal.
February 9, 2016:  A message from Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies.:
January 28, 2016: The Council of Canadian Academies is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Governors: Maryse Lassonde and Linda Rabeneck (CAHS President Elect). The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Council, including fulfillment of its mandate and oversight of its operations. To read more click here
January 2016:  The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is now accepting nominations for Fellows and the deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016.
November 26, 2015: On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies, Chair of the Board, Margaret Bloodworth, announced today the appointment of Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS as the Council’s new President and CEO, commencing February 1st, 2016.
December 7, 2015:  Sir Paul Nurse, recipient of the 2015 Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research, will deliver a Public Lecture, in conjunction with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Prize, at the University of Ottawa on Monday, December 7th, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm at Roger Guindon Hall, 451 Smyth Road, Amphitheatre B. Professor Nurse, President of the Royal Society of London, is a pioneer scientist, science advocate, policy maker and caring citizen. He has achieved major impact through sustained excellence in research, leadership and communication over a distinguished career. visit
September 29, 2015: An open letter on the response from Canada and the international community to the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, written by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada’s executive director Stephen Cornish and president Dr. Heather Culbert published in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
September 2015Welcome to our 2015 Fellows!  35 new Fellows inducted in to the CAHS at its highly successful 2015 Forum and Annual General Meeting. Visit the Activities/Forum tab for more information.
July 2015: The Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation is pleased to announce that its report,Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada, is now available online at
May 2015: The 2015 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research has been awarded to SIR PAUL NURSE, a geneticist and cell biologist and President of The Royal Society of London. A brilliant scientist, research advocate and policy leader at a global level, he has contributed to the discourse of Science as an engine of social, intellectual and creative prosperity. Visit the FCIHR website for more information:
March 31, 2015: CCA releases the report, Accessing Health and Health-Related Data in Canada. This report, requested by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), represents the work of a 14-member expert panel, chaired by Andrew K. Bjerring, Former President and CEO of CANARIE Inc. In its report, the Panel assesses the current state of knowledge surrounding timely access to health and health-related data- key for both health research and health system innovation.
CAHS Fellows to take the responsibility for nominating colleagues to Fellowship in 2015! The annual call for nominations for Fellowship will open on MONDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 2015. Nomination forms and guidance on preparing a Fellowship nomination form are available on our website at CAHS Fellows will work with institutional leaders to generate supporting letters and solicit external letters essential to making the case for each nominee.
September 18, 2014: 50 new Fellows inducted in to the CAHS at its highly successful Forum and Annual General Meeting. Visit the Activities/Forum tab for more information.
September 18 & 19, 2014: CAHS Forum and Annual General Meeting, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa. This year’s forum is entitled Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit: Towards an Evidence-Informed Approach. CAHS 2014 Forum and Event Program
September 13, 2014: CAHS Major Assessment release: Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada / Améliorer l’accès aux soins de santé bucco-dentaire pour les personnes vulnérables vivant au Canada Click here to read the report
August 14, 2014: Release of proceedings report of the 2014 Consensus Conference on Nutrition, Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton, Ontario. Diet and food policies affecting cardiovascular disease globally: A joint conference of the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)
May 15, 2014: Launch of major CAHS assessment: Optimizing Scopes of Practice – New Models of Care for a New Health Care System at the CAHSPR Conference, Toronto. Report and executive summary available at
September 17, 2014 – Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research Public Forum featuring Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui – A Scientist’s Journey From Basic Research To Senior Academic Leadership. Time:11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Venue: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, Room 12102 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa POSTER Public Forum Lecture 2014 Friesen Prize Program September 17 OTTAWA Eng
March 2014: Genomic Scientist and Academic Leader, Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong is named the winner of the 2014 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. For more information follow this link: 2014 Friesen International Prize Professor Lap-Chee Tsui will give a special luncheon presentation to CAHS Fellows on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 as part of our annual Forum.
January 6, 2014 – The 2014 nomination process for the election of Fellows is now open. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21, 2014.
October 15, 2013 – Launch of the The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons Report the result of a terrific collaboration between the CAHS and the Council of Canadian Academies. The Panel hopes this report will inform discussion and facilitate communication about CEW use. Click here to read the report
October 10, 2014 –Launch of “E-Flash” a new channel of communications from the CAHS President, Dr. John Cairns, to enhance communications with Fellows and supplement quarterly newsletters. Eflash October
January 12, 2012: The Council of Canadian Academies, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences release a Statement of Common Understanding. The relationship between CAHS and CCA is critical to achieving the objectives of both organizations. This statement of common understanding enables us to move forward towards our ultimate goal of a more equitable partnership with CCA. Click here to access the report: Statement of Common Understanding Final Eng Statement of Common Understanding Final FR
We’ve Moved! The CAHS secretariat is now formally established at the Council of Canadian Academies: 180 Elgin Street, Suite 1403, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2K3, Tel: 613 567 2247 (CAHS),